Financial Re-boot: April is Financial Literacy Month

Financial Whaaat? Financial literacy is a  term for learning about money and how to manage it. It covers the key financial pillars of saving, spending, borrowing and planning. Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center (KBLIC) is your business, careers and personal finance center. Here are 5 steps you can take for a financial re-boot:

Register for their events on their website

1. Attend Virtual Money Smart Week, April 10-17

Money Smart Week (MSW) is an annual program with workshops to help you learn how to be smart with your money. It's basic financial education to grow knowledge and skills around personal finance. For 2021, there are daily topical webinars. All events are open to the public and presented in English. Registration for events is free and encouraged. If you don't have access to a computer, here are some other options:

Then, go to Money Smart Week and get registered! Have a question for their experts? You can submit your questions during the registration process. You will also find checklists, toolkits and other pertinent resources.

2. Financial Empowerment Webinars from KBLIC + BPL

Interested to learn about investing in stocks? Wondering which financial aid award letter will work best for your bottom line? Looking for programs in Spanish? We have a series of workshops for your financial education this month.

3. Help with Taxes & Legal Issues

Good news! The IRS has extended the filing deadline to May 17, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 closure KBLIC and BPL branches are not offering in-person tax prep help. What are your options if you need help?

  • The City's Boston Tax Help Coalition offers contactless tax prep. On their website you will find a list of local organizations to call to arrange to drop off your tax documents. Call the place that is most convenient for you to arrange for tax preparation services. 
  • Action for Boston Community Development is offering help online and by phone.
  • AARP has tax help
  • United Way has help through VITA - It is free for all filers, with no option for paid add-ons or fees. They have IRS-certified specialists to assist filers. They can connect to a VITA site if you need in-person help.
  • See our Tax Forms and Tax Help guide to learn more and find the BPL locations where tax forms are available for pick up.

4. Do You Have Legal Income Tax Issues? 

If you are facing a legal tax issue please call the Federal Tax Clinic's intake line at 617-390-1729 to leave a message. They will return your call as soon as possible to let you know if you qualify for help. If you need an interpreter, one will be provided for you. Federal Tax Clinic is one of seven clinics in the Legal Services Center (LSC) of Harvard Law School. Please note, the Federal Tax Clinic does not assist with current year tax return filings, only with legal issues arising from returns submitted in prior years.

If you prefer to ask us your question, you can visit our BPL-LSC partnership program Virtual Drop-in Office Hours: Legal Services Center, Fridays from 10:00-11:00. You can speak in private for advice and referral information. These are some of the issues they cover:

  • Housing law
  • Tenants' rights
  • Disability rights
  • Social Security and public benefits such as SNAP
  • Veterans benefits and military record corrections
  • Divorce, custody and child support questions
  • LGBTQ+ related concerns
  • Tax issues
  • Consumer loan and small claims court problems
  • Criminal record sealing or expungement

5. Books & More

We like to share resources to help people continue to learn on their own. Here are some recent booklists and research guides about financial empowerment:

What's your favorite financial empowerment resource? Email us at ask@bpl.org.

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